East Asia

People visit the Bund in Shanghai

Seeking Truth From Fiction

The provocative short stories in “Land of Big Numbers” offer a window into ordinary life in China with rich material from a reporter’s notebook.

A transparent model car displayed at the Huawei booth during the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition on Sept. 27, 2020.

To Face Off Against China, Copy Its Playbook

Biden should unite allies with a giant “Made in the Free World” project.

George Kennan's "Long Telegram"

Oh God, Not Another Long Telegram About China

U.S. strategists love grand proclamations—but ignore domestic political realities.

People commute during the morning rush hour on a polluted day in Beijing's financial district on March 4.

The U.S. Doesn’t Have to Make Sacrifices to Get China’s Climate Cooperation

Beijing is sincere about fighting climate change—for its own best interests.

People visit the Nokia stand at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on Feb. 26, 2019.

The West Needs Champions

With China strongly backing its big national firms, the West should consider doing the same.

A Chinese People’s Armed Police Force member conducts tactical training in Guiyang, China, on July 28, 2020.

China Is Losing Influence—and That Makes It Dangerous

The best thing Biden can do is lighten up on China and let gravity take its toll.

A man walks past a billboard for the construction of an oil refinery and storage facility in the port city of Hambantota, Sri Lanka, on March 24, 2019.

Chinese Belt and Road Investment Isn’t All Bad—or Good

As Sri Lanka shows, when it comes to Chinese debt, small states have agency and great powers have responsibilities.

U.S. President Joe Biden steps off Air Force One upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on March 1.

Can Biden Finally Put the Middle East in Check and Pivot Already?

The new administration, like previous ones, has a Middle East quagmire. But it’s trying some nuanced moves to break free.

Policemen inspect the facilities at a coal mine in Changji in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Feb. 21.

Meet Today’s Masters of the Universe

“The World for Sale” peels back the cover on the secretive—and sometimes shady—people who make the modern world go around.

A lion dancer moves down the street outside the Chinese Kali temple in Tangra, Kolkata, on Feb. 11, the eve of Lunar New Year.

In Kolkata, Only a Few Lions Are Still Dancing

A 2-century-old Indian Chinese community is threatened by tensions between the two countries.

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Latin American Governments Are Caught in the Middle of the U.S.-China Tech War

So far, policymakers have maintained strong ties with both nations. In 2021, they may face a point of no return.

Protesters wearing traditional “thanakha,” a yellowish-white cosmetic paste made from ground bark applied on the face, hold placards and shout slogans during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, on Feb. 25.

Why China Favors Democracy Over Dictatorship in Myanmar

To secure Beijing’s economic and regional interests, a reliable democratic government is better than an unpredictable and expansionist military junta.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walks in front of the USS Pueblo

A Half-Century Later, Pueblo’s Crew Gets Their Day in Court

A U.S. judge awards $2.3 billion to the crew of the spy ship seized by North Korea and their families.

Defaced photocopies of British National Overseas passports are displayed by pro-Beijing activists as they gather outside the British Consulate General to protest against the use of BNO passports in Hong Kong on Feb. 1.

China’s Nationality Law Is a Cage for Hong Kongers

Foreign passport holders risk being trapped in China by nervous authorities.

A close-up view of Dubai Knowledge Park’s Huawei building in Jumeirah, Dubai, on Feb. 22.

Influence Without Entanglement in the Middle East

How China is outflanking the United States—and staying under the radar.

CIA Director-designate William Burns testifies during his Senate Select Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 24.

Biden’s Pick for CIA Director Singles Out China as ‘Biggest Geopolitical Test’

Bill Burns, a veteran diplomat, will helm the spy agency in an era of renewed great-power competition.

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